JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Authorities in the greater Jacksonville area are investigating a case of alleged product tampering.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is not a story for the squeamish.
According to investigators at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a man is suspected of purchasing enema saline laxatives at a CVS pharmacy, then returning the products to the store.
As many as 12 packages may have been bought, and later returned, according to sheriff's investigators and a statement from CVS.
It all sounds like no real issue, except for the fact that product tampering may be involved.
Officials said Thursday that they were alerted to the case by a store employee, who said he recognized the customer and thought it was unusual for the same person to be making the same purchases and returns of the product.
The clerk checked the product, according to the sheriff's office, and discovered that the enemas had been used, but the package had been resealed so it would appear to have been unopened.
Deputies say the clerk checked three other packages on the store shelves, and found similar tampering. All the product was pulled, and investigators were called.
Officials said the clerk was able to get a license tag, and authorities tracked down a suspect.
Forensic evidence from the product is being examined.
Authorities confirmed that the evidence includes fecal matter.
CVS, in a release, said it was being fully cooperative with the investigating agencies, adding that all sales and computer records indicate the alleged tampering involved only the one store and the one product.
The company's headquarters said that "out of an abundance of caution," they were proactively contacting all twenty-one customers they had identified who purchased any of the potentially impacted products at the store.
The store had also placed signage in the store to direct customers who may have purchased any of the affected products to contact them immediately.
CVS said it promised to work with authorities to assure that the individual responsible is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.